Best Gastropubs in Chicago

July 25, 2016
by Zagat Staff

The best gastropubs in Chicago.

The Purple Pig
Mediterranean · River North · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.1 · Service 4.1

"A perennial favorite," Jimmy Bannos Jr.'s "always lively" Mag Mile gastropub "delights the palate" with "outstanding," "innovative" Mediterranean small plates featuring "an abundance of pork" ( "fried pig ears, anyone?" ) paired with a "robust wine list;" though its "popularity" and no-rezzies policy can lead to "interminable waits," most agree the "magic" is worth "braving the crowds" – and the "squeeze" of communal seating.
Owen & Engine
British · Logan Square · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.1 · Service 4.1

"London pubs are envious" of the "legit" British bites at this "cozy" Logan Square gastropub, where standout scotch eggs and "one of the best burgers" in town are complemented by "a beer list you can't complain about" ; "fancy, with a side of hipster" , the wood-and-leather space comes equipped with an "über-friendly" staff, plus there’s a "beautiful" fireplace lounge with "date-night" appeal.
Brunch · Noble Square · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.3 · Service 4.1

"Interesting game" ( "think alligator" ) and other "quality meats" star on the "creative" American menu at this "down-to-earth" Noble Square gastropub, also featuring a "great microbrew selection" ; the "rustic" space comes equipped with a "gorgeous" patio, and whole-animal meal service adds appeal "for big groups."
Dusek's Board & Beer
Bar · Pilsen · $$$
Food 4.4 · Decor 4.4 · Service 4.3

A "place out of time" , this "classy" gastropub in Pilsen’s circa-1892 Thalia Hall provides a "beautiful" , brick-and-chandelier space for "hipsters" to sample an "innovative" , "meat-heavy" American menu, "diverse" beers and seasonal cocktails, all courtesy of an "enthusiastic" staff; the music venue next door and a punch-centric bar downstairs (Punch House) make it "a real destination."
The Gage
Irish · The Loop · $$
Food 4.4 · Decor 4.3 · Service 4.4

A "respite" from touristy Michigan Avenue, this "consistently great" "gastropub-plus" draws 'em in with an "exciting" , "diverse" menu full of "innovative" dishes and "very good" wines and beers, plus "quality" cocktails; "hip" surrounds include a "large and lively" front bar as well as a "contemporary" dining room, and despite a "noise level issue" , many agree the "first-rate" experience is "worth the temporary deafness."
Bar · Andersonville · $$
Food 4.3 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.0

"An enormous list of beers and ales" can be found at this affordable Andersonville gastropub (21-plus only) also serving Belgian-focused eats like "killer mussels and frites" ; "tons of seating" and a "cool vibe" ( "an extra beer will convince you you're in Brussels" ) make it a "great place to catch up with friends."
Sable Kitchen & Bar
American · River North · $$$
Food 4.3 · Decor 4.1 · Service 4.3

"Inventive" , "fun-to-share" American plates "just click" at this River North hang in the Hotel Palomar where "killer" cocktails fuel a "high-energy" bar scene in "luxe" surrounds; it's a "bit pricey" for some who find it "just OK" given the "hype" , but most conclude "there's little room for disappointment here."